My Favorite Songs For Experiencing God

In 2012, I wrote the following: "I think that I would be less of a person if I did not have music in my life. And I also think that God uses music to reach us because to experience music is to participate in something that is more than just an intellectual exercise or a... Continue Reading →

Essential Components of Growing Up

Each week, I will be providing a glimpse into the discipleship training program that I have just started. This is a way for me to show you what I am learning and also allow you to progress along with me. For more information, I encourage you to read this. Also, if you like what you... Continue Reading →

The First Step In Growing Up

For a 20-year old who needs and wants to grow up in the normal societal sense, they must take on more responsibility and become less dependent on others (parents, teachers, friends, siblings) to manage their life and make progress toward adulthood. They need to have a healthy mixture of independence and a sense of responsibility.... Continue Reading →

AE Journal: Chief Apprentice

Today, I start my chronicle of the Apprentice Experience, the 18-month training in discipleship that I am embarking on. I spoke more about this last week. AE was started by James Bryan Smith, a professor of theology, author, speaker, and self described Forrest Gump of American Christianity. His background was not in the church, yet,... Continue Reading →

No Human Solution

In the aftermath of much tragedy in our country, we have heard from many dignitaries and public leaders about our need for transformation as a nation, to end hate, to show love through our actions not just with our words. At the memorial service for the five officers killed in Dallas, President Obama said,"I believe... Continue Reading →

The Package

Last week, I received the package that will shape much of the next two-years of my life. One package that has in it much of the plan that will be instrumental to the next steps in my spiritual journey. My life may never be the same from this point forward. My training in spiritual growth... Continue Reading →

When You Tell Jesus To Go Away

Occasionally, I teach a Bible Study at my church. Yesterday, I taught from Luke 5:1-11. This is the story of Jesus telling Peter and other would be disciples to, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." If you have read this before, you know that once the disciples did... Continue Reading →

In Times of Crisis

In times of crisis and tragedy, the tendency is to double down on suspicion, bias, prejudice, rationalizations, and fear. As a mature Christian, what you should be doing is doubling down on devotion, repentance, forgiveness, and love. Point fingers at yourself and see where change needs to be made and find a plan to change... Continue Reading →

The Spiritual Effect of Poor Male Leadership

Here is a cycle that has contributed to the stunting of men's maturity in Christ: Poor or lacking male leadership leads to fewer and less effective men's ministry leads to women's models of growth and discipleship being the only option leads to men not being interested in spiritual growth leads to poor or lacking male... Continue Reading →

What We Need Is Not Another Bible Study

Are you an American Christian that is addicted to studies and devotionals? "Serious" Christians probably attend 1 to 2 1/2 studies a week. In addition, you probably have multiple devotionals coming through to your email as well as all of your Twitter scripture feeds and social media religious memes. Not to mention blogs such as... Continue Reading →

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